LAS VEGAS, NV Those Bruins fans looking to start planning their season plans for attending games involving the Black and Gold will get their chance on Thursday.
The NHL will release their full schedule of games at the end of the week prior to the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh after the club announced today that their exhibition schedule opens on Sept. 25 against the Washington Capitals.
Interestingly the Bruins will also play a pair of exhibition games against the Winnipeg Jets in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, but thats separate from the NHL regular season everyone hopes isnt affected by pending CBA negotiations this summer.
Thats the goal were shooting for, said Bettman. We traditionally try to release it prior to the draft.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the schedule would be out at the end of the week, and also that the star-crossed Coyotes franchise will still remain in Phoenix when the schedule does come out. That doesnt lock them in for the season in Glendale, but Bettman said thats the expectation from the league.
The Coyotes have been scheduled to play in Phoenix. Our hope and expectation is that all of the efforts that have been worked on and continue to be worked on will come to fruition, said Bettman. Its my anticipation and expectation that the Coyotes will play in Phoenix.
Another anticipation and expectation is that the Bruins will play all 82 games theyre scheduled for once it's released on Thursday, but that will be up to Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr once they commence CBA talks in the not too distant future according to the commissioner.
The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month.
The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni.
The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.
The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.
Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.
*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.
*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.
*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.
*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.
*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.
*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.
*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.